Socio-economic statistics for Readings, Gloucestershire
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If you are thinking of moving to Readings or just want to know a what the area is like, the statistics on this page should give you a good introduction. They cover a range of socio-economic factors so you can compare Readings to figures for Gloucestershire and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Readings is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

Readings Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Readings has a higher rate of home ownership, either outright or via a mortgage than the national average, which suggests that Readings is a relatively affluent area.

TenureForest of DeanGloucestershireEngland
Owned40.9%35.5%30.6%
Mortgage33.4%33.9%32.8%
Shared0.5%0.8%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)2.3%5.9%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)10.1%7%8.3%
Private Rented9.5%13.8%15.4%
Other1.7%1.6%1.4%
Rent Free1.6%1.4%1.3%

Readings General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Readings. The percentage of residents in Readings rating their health as 'very good' is less than the national average.

HealthForest of DeanGloucestershireEngland
Very Good44.27%47.56%47.17%
Good35.80%35.21%34.22%
Fair14.49%12.78%13.12%
Bad4.31%3.48%4.25%
Very Bad1.13%0.97%1.25%

Readings Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Readings and are from the UK Census of 2011. Readings has a high level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average.

QualificationForest of DeanGloucestershireEngland
No Qualifications24.5%19.6%22.5%
Level 114.3%13.5%13.3%
Level 216.8%16%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.5%4%3.6%
Level 312%12.6%12.4%
Level 424%29.9%27.4%
Other3.9%4.3%5.7%

Readings Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Readings are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Readings has a higher level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a lower rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does not have a significant immigrant population.

CountryForest of DeanGloucestershireEngland
United Kingdom96.1%92.3%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.3%0.5%0.7%
Other EU Countries1.5%2.9%3.7%
Outside the EU2.1%4.3%9.4%

Readings Social Grade & Occcupation Statistics

Social grade is a classification based on occupation and it enables a household and all its members to be classified according to the job of the main income earner.

GradeForest of DeanGloucestershireEngland
AB20.28%25.38%22.96%
C127.21%30.97%30.92%
C227.73%22.07%20.64%
DE24.78%21.58%25.49%

Readings Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Readings come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and possible indicator of how hard it would be to get employment in the area. The rate of unemployment in Readings is both lower than the average for Gloucestershire and lower than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe easier than most places. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Readings than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitForest of DeanGloucestershireEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.2%2.4%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)2%1.8%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)11.7%10.5%13.5%

Readings Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Readings as a whole, is older than the national average. The population of Readings is also older than the Gloucestershire average, making Readings a older persons location.

AgeForest of DeanGloucestershireEngland
Age 0 to 44.9%5.6%6.3%
Age 5 to 95%5.3%5.6%
Age 10 to145.8%5.8%5.8%
Age 15 to 174.2%3.8%3.7%
Age 18 to 247.6%8.3%9.4%
Age 25 to 294.4%5.7%6.9%
Age 30 to 4417.5%19.4%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921.9%20.8%19.4%
Age 60 to 647.8%6.7%6%
Age 65 to 7411.4%9.8%8.6%
Age 75 to 846.6%6.2%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.7%2.7%2.3%
Mean Age4341.339.3
Median Age454239



Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

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